Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its ‘supermoon’!

PUBLISHED: 13:25 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 13:25 26 June 2013

Moon rise over East Hill near Ottery. Taken on Monday, 24 June. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 5614-26-13AW

Moon rise over East Hill near Ottery. Taken on Monday, 24 June. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 5614-26-13AW

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The Earth’s nearest astronomical neighbour lit up Devon from the closest point in its cycle this week.

Herald photographer Alex Walton spotted the so-called ‘supermoon’ – a phenomenon seen when a full moon or a new moon coincides with the natural satellite’s closest approach in its elliptical orbit – rising over East Hill.

Supermoons occur about once every 14 full moons in a full moon cycle, so won’t be seen again until August 2014.


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